Rackspace to launch pay-as-you-go billing for VMware, Kubernetes

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Rackspace to launch pay-as-you-go billing for VMware, Kubernetes

Rackspace said Wednesday it will offer a pay-as-you-go billing model to customers adopting its private VMware cloud and its new managed Kubernetes service.

Working with HPE hybrid cloud technology, Rackspace will sell VMware-virtualised and container-based infrastructure running on-premises, in colocation facilities or in a Rackspace data center that's metered and billed solely by usage, Peter FitzGibbon, vice president of Rackspace's VMware business, told CRN US.

Customers and resellers had requested more-flexible economics for private clouds, looking to maintain workloads in their preferred environments while enjoying cost-effective resource scaling when needed, FitzGibbon said.

"They can really purchase what they need for a steady-state situation, with the ability to burst into reserve capacity that they only pay for on a per-use basis," he told CRN US.

Rackspace ramped its partnership with VMware last August to bring vSphere environments to more enterprise customers, and extended that offering two months ago into on-premises and third-party data centers.

The managed cloud provider has offered an OpenStack cloud consumption-billing model since November.

The unique billing model will benefit many enterprises that find themselves trapped by hardware repair cycles that don't coincide with the expiration of data center leases, he said.

The solution is made possible by HPE's GreenLake Flexible Capacity hybrid cloud infrastructure.

Rackspace's channel can bring the service to market, as can HPE resellers.

Both the VMware private cloud and Kubernetes pay-per-go services will become available later in the summer.

This article originally appeared at crn.com

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